Multi-award-nominated New Brunswick-based Indigenous singer/songwriter Mike Bern has unveiled his new single, “Ancestors”, which pays tribute to those who came before him.
Hailing from Tobique First Nation, “Ancestors” is a song inspired by a visit Bern made to an Angel Reader — a person who can communicate and receive an angel’s words and visions.
Bern visited while grieving a family passing, and a message was received; it was a call to action to use the power of song to honour those who came before. “Ancestors” is Mike Bern’s dedication to the sacrifices of generations of a family whose shoulders he rests upon.
An ethereal soundscape with lush guitars, anthemic vocals, and catchy synth harmonies, “Ancestors” tells this story of pride while a range of musical influences is complemented by bold lyrics that draw on the strength of Bern’s forbears and the connection to his ancestry.
“There is a difference between you and me
There is ancient blood in my streams
Ancestors told me to say
There will be better days
So sing loud and clear
For all to hear.”
Bern expertly crafted “Ancestors” by arranging traditional folk melodies and sprinkling hints of rock n’ roll to create an auditory patchwork of sonic wonder. Mike Bern’s skills as an instrumentalist/songwriter come from an already impressive music career that has spanned a few projects.
Check out the single below, and stay up to date with Mike via his socials.
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